Fabulous Cover of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” in ‘Cruella’
There simply wasn’t anything quite like the sound of the first album by The Stooges in 1969, especially its “hit” song “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
The fuzz-tone guitar and the “sleigh” bells became instantly identifiable, the perfect introduction to Punk a la Stooge. The song was written by the members of the band: David Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, and James Osterberg (Iggy Pop).
Numerous people have recorded cover versions, notably The Sex Pistols, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
The perfect cover, or, shall we say, coat, for this song, appears in the 2021 film Cruella, and start to finish the song and the scene are masterpieces. Also, Emma Stone is the young star of the movie, but for my money Emma Thompson is the queen here, especially in her terse remark in this clip: quintessential Emma.
The clip from the movie uses 1:55 of the whole four-minute version by John McCrea and a crack band. McCrea played Artie in the movie and is the star of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. Here is the full version.
Oh, yeah. Robert Fripp and Toyah covered it, too. Barely.